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YA author Deanna Proach is back with her latest book, To Be Maria, a coming of age story that is just as valid today as if it came from the pages of the newspaper. Please join us to hear her excerpt and chat with me about the book.
To Be Maria
Seventeen-year-old Anya Preschnikov dreams of one day becoming a famous actor, but she's faced with two problems: her one-parent, dysfunctional family neglects her and has no money to support her, and at school, she's the target of her peers' contempt. Anya believes that in order to secure her stepping stone to stardom, she must dress like the rich girls and be surrounded by a large network of friends. All of this changes, though, when Maria Hernandez comes to Peach Valley Senior High.
Desperate to belong somewhere, Anya and Maria set out to find new friends outside of school. They soon meet Alex and Marissa, a young couple who eagerly welcomes them into their world of parties and drugs. Anya and Maria soon learn that Alex is a drug dealer, but they're so lured by his wealth and aggressive confidence that they can't resist his friendship. What they don't know is that Alex's gang is at war with a rival gang - one run by Anya's older brother, Adrik - until a deadly incident puts their lives in danger's path. To make matters worse, Alex refuses to let Anya and Maria out of his sight.
Conversation with Deanna Proach, Author of To be Maria (Fiction/Young Adult) - "Seventeen-year-old Anya Preschnikov dreams of one day becoming a famous actor, but she's faced with two problems: her one-parent, dysfunctional family neglects her and has no money to support her, and at school, she's the target of her peers' contempt. Anya believes that in order to secure her stepping stone to stardom, she must dress like the rich girls and be surrounded by a large network of friends. All of this changes, though, when Maria Hernandez comes to Peach Valley Senior High. Rebellious and headstrong, Maria instantly gains the acceptance of her peers - yet she sees in Anya what everyone else does not: her physical beauty and immense talent. So when Maria extends her hand of friendship, Anya is elated. Her lifelong dream seems like it's about to become a reality - until it falls short one Saturday night at a party when a boy's rude comment sends her into a rage. Desperate to belong somewhere, Anya and Maria set out to find new friends outside of school. They soon meet Alex and Marissa, a young couple who eagerly welcomes them into their world of parties and drugs.
The two young women soon find themselves forced into a situation that could have very tragic consequences if they don't escape it soon..." Twitter: @deannproach
Deanna Proach was born and raised on the southwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC. She currently resides in Sechelt where she is writing and acting.
Deanna Wharwood Welcomes Mary Tinsley of Edward Jones Financial Planning to discuss Edward Jones Opportunities for Veterans.
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Please join us for an entertaining show.
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Our special guest for today: is the author of "THE MILLIONAIRE MASTER PLAN:Your Personalized Plan to Financial Success" by Roger James Hamilton-social entrepreneur & Asia’s best-known wealth educator
Deanna's guest Rodney Martin, the Director of World View Foundations talks about the Facts and Fictions surrounding the NSDAP. He will discuss the demographics of the Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS, the “Black Bastards of the Ruhr” and the rape of German women. In addition, Rodney will talk about the Jews in the Third Reich.
Ed Alecia-Ortiz is a USAF Veteran turned Dry Cleaner who didn't know that starting a small business was a viable way to transition from the military.
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Their 2013 album, Back In Blues was the North Central Florida Blues Societies entrant into the Best Self Produced CD drung the 2013 IBC. Their new album, Forever In Blues was just released in June and has gained them new fans aroucnd the globe.
Bridget will take a Seat On The Couch and talk about her life and career and where the band is headed from here.
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I will speak with all three about how they came together and where they are heading.
Deanna Bogart is an award-winning musician whose fans value the diversity of her genre-free zone. She has been nominated for three consecutive Blues Music Awards' Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has won, at last count, more than 20 Wammies, the music awards for the hotly contested Washington, D.C. region.
Deanna will join me to talk about her remarkable career and her latest album, just a wish away
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